Bill Rocks

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Elvis was sexier, Gene Vincent was wilder, Eddie Cochran and Carl Perkins were better guitar players, Chuck Berry wrote better songs, Little Richard had a much better fashion sense, and Wanda Jackson had better legs. It didn't take long after Bill Haley's run of hits began in 1954 for the first white rock & roll star to start looking like the good-natured square he was at heart, but he did have two things going for him -- he genuinely liked the music, and he led a hell of a band that could conjure up an emphatic backbeat that's still a kick to hear. There are literally dozens of Bill Haley compilations on the market, but Bear Family's Bill Rocks offers a bit more of a ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Elvis was sexier, Gene Vincent was wilder, Eddie Cochran and Carl Perkins were better guitar players, Chuck Berry wrote better songs, Little Richard had a much better fashion sense, and Wanda Jackson had better legs. It didn't take long after Bill Haley's run of hits began in 1954 for the first white rock & roll star to start looking like the good-natured square he was at heart, but he did have two things going for him -- he genuinely liked the music, and he led a hell of a band that could conjure up an emphatic backbeat that's still a kick to hear. There are literally dozens of Bill Haley compilations on the market, but Bear Family's Bill Rocks offers a bit more of a historical overview than most; it's dominated by Haley's classic sides for Decca, where he cut his biggest hits, but also offers a few examples of his earlier Essex Records material, including the brilliant 1952 recordings of "Rock the Joint" and "Real Rock Drive" that first found Haley introducing his Western swing band to R&B and cutting a solid groove in fact, Haley sounds more natural and less mannered as a rock belter on the Essex material than he did on many of his later hits. And while no one would accuse Bill Haley & His Comets of being the coolest band on Earth, these 31 songs show they were a tight, rollicking outfit full of energy and with chops to spare especially guitarists Danny Cedrone and Frank Beecher, and these tunes will still fill a dancefloor at proper volume. While some of the pre-Decca tracks have been rescued from old discs and sound like it, the sizable majority of the material has been remastered with care and sounds terrific, and Colin Escott's excellent liner essay tells Haley's story with skill and concision. 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Haley & His Comets is a budget-priced compilation that features Haley's biggest hits with fine sonics, and it will certainly do for casual fans, but if you want a more complete single-disc overview of Bill Haley's brief but important era in the spotlight, Bill Rocks is an excellent choice that lives up to its title.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2006
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051680725
  • Catalog Number: 16807

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Haley Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Franny Beecher Guitar
Cliff Leeman Drums
Al Rex Bass, Double Bass
Art Ryerson Guitar
Rusty Keefer Vocals
Danny Cedrone Guitar
Joey d'Ambrosio Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Grande Piano, Accordion
Billy Gussack Drums
Marshall Lytle Double Bass
Al Pompilli Bass Guitar
Rudy Pompilli Tenor Saxophone
Dick Richards Tom-Tom
Billy Williamson Steel Guitar
Bob Scaltrito Guitar
Ralph Jones Band Drums
Tony Lance Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Bill Haley Arranger, Composer
Denver Darling Composer
Jackie Brenston Composer
Jimmy DeKnight Composer
Colin Escott Liner Notes, Biographical Information
Milt Gabler Arranger, Composer, Producer
David Miller Producer
Winfield Scott Composer
Rusty Keefer Arranger, Composer
Johnny Grande Composer
Marshall Lytle Composer
Danny Overbea Composer
Rudy Pompilli Composer
Billy Williamson Composer
Vaughn Horton Composer
Beverly "Ruby" Ross Composer
Bill Millar Reissue Producer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Fred Karger Composer
Robert Guidry Composer
Max Spickel Composer
Catherine Cafra Composer
Julius Edward Dixon Composer
Max Freedman Composer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
Erich H├╝lsenbeck Photo Restoration, Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Frank Pingatore Composer
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